Parental Involvement

(i) Home/School partnership
Parents are encouraged to participate in activities and are welcomed into the school.

Children’s experiences at home are important to achievement and parents significantly influence their children’s learning. When parents and teachers work together to support children’s learning the results can have a measurable and lasting effect on the child’s achievement. A good school takes into consideration a child’s previous learning experiences and positively builds on these.

When parents understand the learning intentions behind our classroom activities, this gives them a better understanding and more realistic expectations for their own child’s behaviour and development.

(ii) Home communication book
At the beginning of the school year/term each child will be given his/her own “home communication” book. This book acts as a diary in which both teachers and parents can make positive comments. If they want to request a meeting or have a query or mild concern, they may use the book as it will be checked daily by them both.

Serious concerns should be sent by sealed letter to the teacher or principal.

(iii) Newsletters
We also send home newsletters and other appropriate information on a regular basis.

(iv) Yearbook
The school produces an annual yearbook which reflects the events and activities which happen each year in school.

(v) Website
Keep checking our website for current news and a log in is required to download photographs and newsletters.

(vi) Parents’ meetings
A parents’ introductory evening is held near the beginning of the school year to inform parents about their child’s curriculum and classroom routines and procedures. This will enable them to better support their child.

(vii) Parent conferences
These are held twice a year for our kindergarten students and termly for Monday-Friday playgroup/prep-programme students.

These conferences give parents the opportunity to discuss in depth their child’s development with his/her class teacher. If parents have any concerns about their child or their child’s development they are encouraged to approach the teacher or principal who will be able to advise them

(viii) Reports
Kindergarten
Reports will be sent home at the end of the school year or on request for special circumstances such as primary school interviews.

Kiddies’ Club and Language Centre
Reports will be sent home at the end of each term. Students who complete courses will receive a certificate. There are no reports in the Summer Camp.

(ix) Parent support in class
Kindergarten
Parents are welcome for example with cooking activities into Anfield to help out in the classroom as well as field trips. Class teachers will organize such support.

Playgroup/Prep-programme
Our playgroup/prep-programme classes require that each child be accompanied by an adult. While we appreciate assistance from the child’s “helper”, we strongly encourage each child to be independent and creative during class. The helper’s role is extremely important and we strive to maintain an atmosphere in which the teacher and helper work together.

Only one adult to accompany each child to the playgroup/prep-programme classes.

(x) Policies
Parents are required to sign policy statements for all Kiddies’ Club programmes.

(xi) Concerns
Parents are encouraged to contact us immediately on any matter that affects the welfare and well-being of their child. Staff are always willing to answer any questions or concerns that they may have.

If parents accompany their child to and from school, they can speak to the teacher before or after school or make an appointment to do so at a more convenient time.

If they don’t accompany their child to and from school, they can phone and leave a message and the teacher will get back to them as soon as possible. The teacher can either speak to them on the phone or make an appointment to meet directly.